We are dead to sin!
Let us continue our journey through the book of Romans. I want to thank you for the significant and positive response to our study. I pray that these emails are beneficial to your walk with the Lord and help you on your journey.
Read: Romans 7
Romans 7 is one of the best-known chapters in the Bible. Many who seek to help others understand this book know the daunting task that lay before them. I pray that you would be encouraged by my thoughts on Romans. I know that you may have disagreements with me, but I want you to know I come to scripture, believing that it is the Word of God. I believe that God is entirely sovereign and in control. I pray that I can be faithful to unpacking God’s Word for you.
1. Released from the Law. (1-6) In this section, there has been a great controversy amongst scholars throughout church history. I do not plan to get into these debates but rather help us unpack what Paul is trying to get across to us that affects our view of God and ourselves. Many have an issue with Paul’s analogy as it is one-sided, the husband is the one to die, and the wife lives on, what if it’s the other way around? The point was not in the analogy but the representation of our old selves. We see that as believers, we are dead to our old self that was under the curse and condemnation of the Law. As we previously understood, we have been condemned under the Law. Now, as followers of Christ, we are found to be under Christ who fulfilled the Law on our behalf. As believers, this does not excuse immoral living, as we saw in chapter 6, but inspires us to be more like Christ.
2. Sin and the Law. (7-12) It is incredible how sin can use something in our lives to draw us to sin. Things that are meant to be excellent and great gifts from our Heavenly Father can be twisted and perverted to sinful ways. The Law was established not as sinful; the Law does not sin. Instead sin found creative ways to sin under the Law. We are told not to covet, and yet we find creative ways to covet. Sin finds ways for us to twist and justify sin with the excuse of the Law. Paul is warning his readers not to trust their hearts and minds. As individuals, we know how to fool ourselves and twist the Law for our own wants.
3. Who is this? (13-20) Have you ever taken the time to reflect on the inward struggle of sin? In this section, we get a small glimpse into the inner conflict that Paul is having in his heart. Though we are not sure at what point in his life this is, we know that this is a struggle that each of us fights with. We all are tempted to selfishness and sinfulness. We do things that we don’t want to do, and we tell ourselves that we are not going to fall into sin, and yet we find ourselves doing the same thing over again. We can do nothing, yet Paul says that when he overcomes sin, it is not his doing but the Spirit. He can not take credit for the work that is happening in his life; only God can. When we resist temptation, all we can do is praise God.
4. Fight! (21-25) There is a battle within us. We know that we’ve inherited a sinful nature from our representative Adam. We continue to battle this sin nature in our hearts and our every day. We see this temptation day in and day out. Yet as believers in Christ, we’ve been redeemed. As believers, we are dead to our old self, and we are alive in Christ. We live in the already not yet. We are already part of the family of God, yet not quite there. We will continue with this struggle, yet we preserve forward towards the prize. We see to bring glory to God and give Him praise.
I pray that you would give Him praise today. I genuinely miss you church!